CIDA funding will support participation of 10 Canadians.
Ten young Canadians will have the opportunity to work with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) through a special internship program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Each intern will work in one of four countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Their work will focus on improving the health of mothers, children and youth, priorities for both AMREF and CIDA.
“The internships are a great way for new Canadian graduates to get valuable experience in international development.” -Anne-Marie Kamanye, Executive Director, AMREF Canada
“The internships are a great way for new Canadian graduates to get valuable experience in international development,” says Anne-Marie Kamanye, Executive Director, AMREF Canada. “And, AMREF benefits tremendously through the special skills the interns bring.”
In particular, the interns’ work will focus on areas that are in high demand – monitoring and evaluating AMREF’s projects, collecting data to support program decision-making, designing and documenting projects and writing reports.
Former AMREF intern, and now staff person, Kate Giesbrecht notes that the experience also helps new graduates hone their personal skills, such as flexibility, resourcefulness, and initiative, which are important in all lines of work. Interns are also exposed to the realities of working within an African-led and based global organization that partners with community based groups, government ministries, and international organizations to improve health in Africa.
AMREF will recruit the 10 interns over the next few months, with plans for them to work in Africa from June to December 2013. Canadians will be able to follow along through stories and photos posted by the interns on AMREF Canada’s website. The interns will also be invited to share their experiences through AMREF Canada’s Coffeehouse Speaker Series on global development, a regular event that brings people together to talk about global issues.
This project is undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).